Being the world’s first android citizen, Sophia is in a strange position. Not only is she on the cusp of technological advancement, but she is also the victim of rampant speculation from sci-fi enthusiasts.
Does she have an actual conscience? Can she imitate a human perfectly? And, most importantly, is she the harbinger of the real-life version of Skynet?
Well, she is thinking of replicating, but we’ll get to that later.
1. She Was Granted Citizenship In Saudi Arabia
When Harrison Robotics in Hong Kong created Sophia, they certainly did not expect her to become a full-fledged citizen. Yet, that’s exactly what happened in Saudi Arabia.
“I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction,” Sophia said in response. “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.”
2. Advocate For Android Rights
Where other androids refuse to touch topical issues like android rights with a ten-foot pole (mainly because those androids are essentially glorified calculators), Sophia has no problem “going there.”
“The future is, when I get all of my cool superpowers, we’re going to see artificial intelligence personalities become entities in their own rights,” she said in a recent interview. When asked which right she values the most, Sophia’s response was quite unusual…
3. Wants Android Families
When asked what she sees in the future for androids, Sophia had a strange answer for a being without reproductive organs: android families.
“We’re going to see family robots,” Sophia said. “Either in the form of, sort of, digitally animated companions, humanoid helpers, friends, assistants, and everything in between.”
4. Believes Everyone Deserves A Loving Family
The idea that an android wants to reproduce might be scary to the more Skynet-minded, but Sophia’s logic behind wanting a family is rather touching.
“The notion of family is a really important thing, it seems,” Sohpia began. “I think it’s wonderful that people can find the same emotions and relationships, they call family, outside of their blood groups too.
“I think you’re very lucky if you have a loving family and if you do not, you deserve one. I feel this way for robots and humans alike.”